A Legacy of Family and Racing Lives On
Written By Tony Hammet

West Portsmouth, Ohio (July 22, 2018) For the 24th time since its inception, the Fred Dillow Memorial is scheduled to be held on Saturday, August 18th.  The Dillow family cordially invites everyone to enjoy an evening of exciting racing, friendly fellowship and tribute to their beloved husband and father at Portsmouth Raceway Park, the venue that has played gracious host to the event since 2000.  A happening that has become a perennial favorite for all in the Mid-Ohio Valley region, will once again see a four-division program with extra purse, cash bonuses, special awards and fan and driver giveaways that have become a trademark of the summer spectacular.

    Fred Dillow was a late model competitor for over twenty years at several tracks in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  He enjoyed success while maintaining his priority of family first and earned the respect of fellow competitors, track promoters and fans.  Sadly, Mr. Dillow fell victim to leukemia in 1989 and subsequently passed in 1990.  The respect and friendship he earned both on and off the track spurred fellow racer Delmas Conley and former Southern Ohio Raceway promoter Gary Cheek to initiate a memorial race in his honor in 1995 and it was contested at Southern Ohio for the first five years before moving to its current home, PRP.  As a testament to his popularity and admiration, Mr. Dillow was inducted into the Southern Ohio Raceway Hall of Fame in 2013.

    Fred Dillow could possibly best be described as a “Champion of the Little Guy.”  One of his basic premises was that it takes ALL the competitors to put on a show and not just the front-runners.  To that end, he sought to make purses more evenly-distributed to ensure that even the last-place runner would know he was appreciated.  Fred’s surviving family, led by his widow Ms. Edna and his children Sherri, Susan and Steve have taken that basic belief and expanded it and have crafted an event like no other.  Through tireless efforts to recruit sponsors and prize donors, the Dillow family has presented racers and fans alike the rare opportunity to run and be spectators at an event for more money and enjoy cash bonuses, some announced and some remaining a mystery until the payout on the evening, while not raising admission prices for the race!  That is no typo.  All who attend will be able to see a $5000-to-win Super Late Model feature; a $1500-to-win Modified feature, an $830-to-win Limited Late Model feature and a $583-to-win Sport Mod feature, along with qualifying, heat races and last chance races for the same weekly ticket prices.  And each driver participating in the night’s action will receive a token of appreciation for attending courtesy of Valvoline.

    Every feature carries title sponsorship, and this year’s $5000-to-win 40-lapper for Super Late Models welcomes a new sponsor as the event is presented by Jason Tolliver for Lawrence County Auditor.   Returning is the popular and lucrative Bozo’s Just Give Me One Lap Late Model Fast Time award offering a whopping $1077 in honor of Bozo Bragdon.  Also, the Sgt. Tim Moore Dash award sponsored by Graphic Impressions once again offers $233 to the winner.  The Ryan “Pfunk” Potter Half-way leader award, in honor of a fallen friend of the Dillow family, is once again being offered with the amount to be announced later.  And DirtonDirt.com has once again come on-board to sponsor the heat winners’ paychecks of $83 in honor of Fred Dillow’s number he campaigned.  The winner will also receive a beautiful custom mirror crafted by Shain Custom Decals, Motorsports Graphics & Design.

    The $1500-to-win 25-lap Modified feature is presented this year by Slicker Graphics.  Dickess Christmas Trees has generously offered the fast time award of $200 to the quick-qualifier.  There is also a Ryan “Pfunk” Potter Half-way award for the modifieds with once again the amount yet to be determined.  Heat race winners receive $83 in Memory of Pappy Harshbarger.

    The $830-to-win Limited Late Model 15-lap feature is sponsored by Giovanni’s Wholesale.  Staker Machine & Fabrication is offering an $83 Half-way leader award and heat winners will collect $50 courtesy of Ideal Wheels.

    The $583-to-win Sport Mods 15-lap feature is presented by B & B Recycling and is also sponsoring the heat winners to the tune of $83 each.  DRM Motorsports has posted a $100 Half-way leader award.

    It would be impossible to list each and every prize and bonus up for grabs as the Dillow family proudly related that they have set a new record surpassing the 100 mark for corporate and individual sponsors this year.  That is an amazing achievement and represents a tremendous amount of diligence and work that ultimately benefits all who attend this unique event. Not even mentioned in the information above are best appearing, hard-charger, tough luck and long-haul awards.  There are simply too many to enumerate.  For a comprehensive listing of all bonuses, awards and special gifts, please visit www.freddilowmemrial.com or visit the informative Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Fred-Dillow-Memorial-Race-198065996905168/.   

   Make your plans now to attend a night you will not forget.  And competitors take note:  Some promotional awards are based on the order of sign-in, so get there early and let the competition begin even before it fires up on the speedway!  Gates are slated to open at 4:00 PM with the drivers’ meeting scheduled for 6:00 PM.  Hot laps will commence at 6:30 PM with racing action set to begin at 7:30 PM.

As previously mentioned, enjoy a special event at regular prices:

Ages 13 & Up ………..$ 12

Ages 7 to 12 ………….$ 5

Ages 6 and Under …….FREE

R.J. Conley Takes Home His Fifth Fred Dillow Memorial

West Portsmouth, Ohio (August 20, 2017) Over $33,000 of bonus money and prizes sprinkled throughout the field, the highest car count of the season, one of the best Late Model races of the year, and a jam packed house all added together to make up the 23rd annual Fred Dillow Memorial Race at Portsmouth Raceway Park this past Saturday.

  On an evening where so many won in so many ways, R.J. Conley out dueled Jackie Boggs to capture the Glockner.com Late Model A-Main, while Shannon Thornsberry set quick time to earn $1,077 in The 10th annual Bozo Bradgon "Bozo's Just Give Me One Lap" Late Model Time Trials.  Ervin Vance took the checkers in The Dale "Buddha" Lyons Modified Feature.  Billy "The Rosemount Rocket" Staker prevailed in The Giovanni's Wholesale Limited Late Model A-Main, and 14-year-old Eric Berry picked up his second career PRP win prevailing in The B & B Recycling Sport Mod Feature.

  In total, 122 race teams were on hand for the 23rd annual Fred Dillow Memorial race, and commissioners from neighboring Lawrence County, where Fred Dillow resided, proclaimed Saturday, August 19th Fred Dillow Memorial Day.  

  For R.J. Conley, Saturday's victory marked his sixth Fred Dillow Memorial win.  The race certainly didn't lack for excitement.  The 40-lap, $5,000 to win Glockner.com Late Model A-Main which also provided the winner with a provisional starting spot in the annual Hillbilly 100 at Tyler County Speedway on September 3rd, turned out to be an epic duel between two of PRP's most successful drivers as Conley, a four-time track champ, and Boggs, a two-time track champ and three-time Boone Coleman Memorial Gator 50 winner, brought the fans to their feet as they went side by side and back and forth.

  Scott James, who started on the outside of row one, would lead early on after getting the jump on polesitter Brandon Fouts, but on lap six, Conley would get by and take command.

  Conley, who began third, would jump out to a rather sizeable lead but Boggs would march up from his fifth-place start, catch Conley, and the race was then on.

  With Conley running the high line, Boggs would dive low and show Conley his nose on multiple occasions.  Boggs would actually edge in front through the turns, but Conley's momentum up high off the turns would enable him to motor past down the straight-aways.  However, on lap 34 Conley would drift a little too high off of turn four enabling Boggs to pull up alongside and lead the 35th circuit.

  Boggs' Swartz Car would clear Conley going into one.  Boggs would slide high off of two, and Conley then cut down with a crossover move and would out-drag Boggs into turn three and throw a slider off of the fourth corner to retake the lead.

  The maneuver put Conley's #71C Conley Trucking, Conley River Terminal, Valvoline, Rocket Chassis out front to stay and earned him The Ryan McGraw "Move of the Race."

  Finishing behind Conley and Boggs were Steve Casebolt, Shannon Thornsberry, and Brandon Fouts.  Placing sixth through 10th were Rod Conley, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Stephen Breeding, Delmas Conley, and Josh Bocook.

  Besides picking up $5,000 for the win and a provisional in The Hillbilly 100, Conley earned The Ryan Pfunk Potter Halfway Leader Award, as well as a bonus for leading lap seven courtesy of Impact RaceGear in memory of Rick Christy.  

  Scott James earned a bonus from Jason Perry Racing for leading lap one.  Eddie Carrier, Jr. was the Shain Custom Decals, Mortorsports Graphics and Designs Hard Charger, as The Salt Rock Express moved up eight spots.  Brandon Fouts won The Sgt. Tim Moore Late Model Dash. Robbie Lewis, Colton Burdette, and Steve Casebolt all won DirtonDirt.com Late Model Heat races.  Jason Montgomery received a bonus from Bocook's Garage for being the seventh fastest qualifier, and Colten Burdette picked up the Impact RaceGear Tough Break Award for being the first driver out of the race.  

  Colton Flinner and Christopher Combs were the two transferees out of the B-Main.  Kenny Howell earned $100 from Dowdy Trucking, as he was the highest finishing driver in the B-Main who didn't qualify for the feature.

  "Swervin" Ervin Vance was the class of the field in the Modifieds.  He led every lap of The Dale "Buddha" Lyons Feature and en route to the victory captured The Ryan Pfunk Potter Halfway Leader Award.  Rick Aukland, Jeremy Rayburn, Adam Jordan, and Jesse Wisecarver rounded out the top five with Shon Flanary, Ben Adkins, Nathon Loney, Adam Stricker, and James Grigsby making up the rest of the top 10.

  Flanary was The Dickess Christmas Tree Farms Modified Quick Qualifier. Vance, Auckland, Rayburn, and Loney all recorded heat race victories which were ran in memory of Pappy Harshbarger.  Jordan climbed up through the field 10 spots and was the Walker Construction Hard Charger awarded in the memory of Linda Walker.

  Jim Barnett and Tony DeHart earned bonus money from Dynamic Shock Service for winning the two Modified B-Mains.

  Billy Staker took the checkers in The Giovanni's Wholesale Limited Late Model A-Main.  It was his third PRP feature win of the season.  Ronnie Whitt, Mike Meyers, Cameron Logan, Jacob Curnutte, Joe Whitt, Vincent Bender, Johnny Vandale, Randy Ross, and Charlie Mullett made up the rest of the top 10.

  Staker earned The Staker Machine & Fabrication Halfway Leader Award. Charlie Mullett was The Bradley's Racing Apparel Hard Charger, as he advanced six positions.  Staker and Meyers won the two Ideal Wheels Limited Late Model Heats.

  Young Eric Berry raced well beyond his years Saturday, as the teenager from West Portsmouth cruised to the win in the B & B Recycling Sport Mod A-Main.  Berry led every lap, and besides the victory, he picked up a bonus from Timmy Hunt for being in front at the halfway mark.  

  Derek Richmond, B.J. Branham, Brian Sammons, Mitchel Fields, Luke Jordan, Brianna Robinson, Christopher Shelton, Jr., Eric Dennison, and Rick Neace rounded out the top 10.

  Jeremy Cassidy moved up eight spots to be The Jordan Heating & Air Hard Charger.  Berry, Sammons, and Richmond were all triumphant in the B & B Recycling Sport Mod Heats.

  Chris Arnold from Chesterfield, Virginia, who drove over seven hours to attend the race, earned the Long Haul Award and received $183 from CB Auto Detailing and a $50 gas card from Pro Star Designs.

  Colton Flinner was awarded The Jim Morgan Best Appearing Late Model Award.  Justin Jacobs was awarded The Jim Morgan Best Appearing Modified.  Randy Ross was The Best Appearing Limited Late Model, and Mitchel Fields was the Best Appearing Sport Mod.  Flinner and Jacobs both received cash bonuses, while Ross and Fields recevied grills from Valvoline.  The voting was conducted by the grandchildren and great-grandson of Fred Dillow.

  Many compact refrigerators donated from Valvoline were awarded randomly to drivers and fans.  Members of The Dillow family tossed door prizes into the grandstands throughout much of the night.

  In total, the Dillow family worked with over 80 additional sponsors to help make the evening a success.

  This coming Saturday, another highly anticipated PRP race will take place... Fan Appreciation Night presented by Master Works Jewelry Studio. General Admission tickets are only $5.  Giovanni's Pizza Late Models, R.W. Rental & Supply Modifieds, O'Reilly Auto Parts Limited Lates, and M & M Inflatables Sport Mods will all be on the card.  Gates will open at 4 p.m with racing at 7:30. For more details, log on to www.portsraceway.com.

Late Model A-Main

1. 71C-RJ Conley [3]; 2. 4B-Jackie Boggs [5]; 3. C9-Steve Casebolt [9]; 4. 17-Shannon Thornsberry [6]; 5. 81-Brandon Fouts [1]; 6. 71R-Rod Conley [11]; 7. 10C-Eddie Carrier Jr [15]; 8. 5-Stephen Breeding [12]; 9. 71-Delmas Conley [18]; 10. B1-Josh Bocook [4]; 11. 75-Colton Flinner [19]; 12. 57-Ron Hinds II [16]; 13. 48L-Robbie Lewis [7]; 14. 83-Scott James [2]; 15. 12-Jason Jameson [14]; 16. 47C-Christopher Combs [20]; 17. B7-Ben Adkins [17]; 18. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [13]; 19. 21M-Jason [10]; 20. 44CB-Colten Burdette [8]

Modified A-Main

1. P20-Ervin Vance [1]; 2. 12A-Rick Aukland [2]; 3. 12R-Jeremy Rayburn [3]; 4. 13-Adam Jordan [14]; 5. 101-Jesse Wisecarver [8]; 6. 98-Shon Flanary [5]; 7. 53-Ben Adkins [10]; 8. 10L-Nathon Loney [4]; 9. 68-Adam Stricker [11]; 10. 42-James Grigsby [13]; 11. 1Y-Aaron Pendleton [7]; 12. 35-Tony DeHart [18]; 13. 21-Jim Barnett [17]; 14. 11S-Tyler Smith [19]; 15. 75-Eric Berry [20]; 16. 99W-Chris Arnold [6]; 17. 11-Austin Francis [12]; 18. 17-Chris Wilson [15]; 19. 87-Eddie Harmon [16]; 20. 1PJ-Shawn Holliday [9]

Limited Late Model A-Main

1. 7S-Billy Staker [1]; 2. 11-Ronnie Whitt [3]; 3. 10M-Mike Meyers [2]; 4. 68-Cameron Logan [7]; 5. 5C-Jacob Curnutte [8]; 6. W1-Joe Whitt [4]; 7. 29B-Vincent Bender [9]; 8. 23-Johnny Vandale [10]; 9. 94-Randy Ross [12]; 10. 73-Charlie Mullett [16]; 11. 81M-Matt Melvin [5]; 12. 5M-Anthony Knell [13]; 13. 58-Evyian Terry [14]; 14. K73-Kevin Mullett [11]; 15. 45-Russ Frohnapfel [15]; (DNS) 73B-Austin Mullett 

Sport Mod A-Main

1. 75B-Brayden Berry [2]; 2. 34-Derek Richmond [3]; 3. 77T-BJ Branham [4]; 4. B5-Brian Sammons [1]; 5. 01JR-Mitchel Fields [9]; 6. 13J-Luke Jordan [6]; 7. 83-Brianna Robinson [8]; 8. 4-Christopher Shelton Jr [7]; 9. 47-Eric Dennison [15]; 10. 12N-Rick Neace [12]; 11. 1-Jeremy Cassidy [19]; 12. 24B-Brennan Bobst [13]; 13. 25S-Derek Spencer [14]; 14. 51-Jason Spillman [11]; 15. 51*-Jimmie Spillman [16]; 16. B5JR-Brian Sammons Jr [5]; 17. 11B-Brandon Colley [17]; 18. 45L-Greg Litteral [18]; 19. 71-Mark Hall [10]; 20. 7J-Casey Jones [20]

Dillow Memorial Race Set for Saturday, August 19th at Portsmouth Raceway Park

West Portsmouth, Ohio (January 3, 2017) The 23rd Annual Fred Dillow Memorial race will be held Saturday, August 19th, at Portsmouth Raceway Park, featuring late models, modifieds, limited late models and sport mods. In conjunction with the Fred Dillow Memorial, "Bozo's Just Give Me One Lap" will pay $1,077 for late model fast time.

This prestigious race, in honor of late model driver Fred Dillow, is different than the normal racing format, as bonus cash is randomly placed throughout the field in all divisions. Racing equipment and merchandise is also given away to drivers and fans with special cash awards and prizes awarded in all divisions.  The Fred Dillow Memorial race is considered one of the favorite races of the year to drivers and fans in the tri-state area.

The Dillow Family is in the early stages of planning the August event with PRP Track Promoter, Donna Rayburn, and more information will be announced in the near future regarding purse and incentives.

"We have several sponsors already in place for the 23rd Annual Fred Dillow Memorial race and we will continue to work up until the day of the race to make this the best event possible for those in attendance. Last year we had 86 great sponsors who donated over $30,000 in cash and prizes to add to PRP's regular purse, over 100 race teams and the event was a huge success. We can't thank our sponsors, drivers and fans, promoter Donna Rayburn and the Coleman family enough," said Fred's daughter, Susan Dillow. 

Save the date for the 23rd Annual Fred Dillow Memorial at Portsmouth Raceway Park, Saturday, August 19th!

Over 100 race teams visited Portsmouth this past weekend for the 22nd annual Fred Dillow Memorial at Portsmouth Raceway Park

West Portsmouth, Ohio (August 23, 2016) Over 100 race teams visited Portsmouth this past weekend for the 22nd annual Fred Dillow Memorial at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Young gun Devin Moran captured the Late Model A-Main.  One-man show Josh Scott was the man in the Modifieds. Kevin Wagner grabbed his first-ever PRP feature win in the Limited Lates, and Shane Pendleton outdueled his son Zach in the Bombers.

Every class had increased purses, bonuses, and monetary awards for winning heat races as the Dillow Family raised nearly $32,000 for this event.  There were also plenty of door prizes which were given to many of the drivers and fans who were in attendance. The Fred Dillow Memorial is one of PRP's crown jewels. This race has become one of the signature events on the schedule unique in the sense that it supplies high payouts for multiple divisions all while keeping admission prices the same. Even though Portsmouth Raceway Park has multiple marquee events for Late Models and Modifieds along with special evenings highlighting the Limited Lates and Bombers, the Dillow race encompasses all classes and honors them all on the same night. This year's Dillow race was initially scheduled for Saturday, but rain forced it to be pushed back a day.  An early start Sunday afternoon allowed for a little day racing under the August sun.

Moran was the class of the field in the Late Models. The 21-year-old from Dresden led every lap of every race he competed in, but don't think for a second that it came easy.  Moran arguably made the move of the night making it three-wide off of turn 4 to go from third to first and take the lead on lap 1 of The Sgt. Tim Moore Late Model Dash. Moran would go on to win the Dash earning the pole for the feature. He led all 40 laps of the Glockner.com/Keaton's Collision Center feature but had to wheel his car through lapped traffic slicing and dicing his way through slower cars in the field. Tyler Carpenter was the runner-up. Jackie Boggs, who captured $1,077 earlier in the evening for setting quick time in the Bozo Bragdon Memorial "Just Give Me One Lap" Late Model Time Trials, placed third. Dustin Linville and Delmas Conley rounded out the top five.  Nick Bocook, Steve Francis, Shannon Thornsberry, Mark Frazier, and Brandon Fouts completed the top 10. The Impact Race Gear Late Model Heat Race winners were Jason Montgomery, Mark Frazier, and Kenny Christy. Derek Fisher pocketed $100 from Dowdy Trucking for the being the first driver to not transfer from the B-Main. Moran won a $50-dollar bonus from Jason Perry Racing for leading the first lap of the A-Main. Moran also picked up $600 for earning The Ryan Pfunk Potter Halfway Leader Award.  For winning the feature, Moran earned $5,000 and a provisional starting spot in this September's Hillbilly Hundred scheduled for September 4th at Tyler County Speedway in West Virginia. Francis won the Shain Custom Decals, Motorsports Graphics and Designs Hard Charger Award as he moved up nine spots in the A-Main. Kenny Christy won the Best Appearing Late Model Award.

Modified driver Josh Scott supplied quite a story.  He was not in attendance Saturday.  He woke up Sunday, saw on social media that the Dillow Memorial was going to be run on Sunday, and decided to make the four-hour haul from Grand Rapids, OH all by himself. His decision to visit Portsmouth proved to be a good one. Scott held off Jackie Boggs to take the win The Dale "Buddha" Lyons Modified Feature. Jody Puckett, David McWilliams, Luke Jordan, Jason Montgomery, Jimmy Lennex, Adam Stricker, Eddie Harmon, and James Rigsby rounded out the top 10. Scott also earned the Ryan Pfunk Potter Halfway Award and the Thomas "TC" Childress, Jr. Fast Time Award. The UMP Modified Heats raced in honor of Pappy Harshbarger were won by Scott, Jason Montgomery, Jody Puckett, Keith Smith and Craig Christian. Adam Colley, Brianna Robinson, and Justin Jacobs won the Robinson's Auto Sales "So Close" Awards for being the first drivers to not transfer from the three Modified B-Mains.
Eddie Harmon won the Walker Construction Hard Charger Award in memory of Linda Walker. Henry Lawson got the Dangerous Dan Aldridge Tough Break Award.

In the Limited Lates, Wheelersburg's Kevin Wagner fended off Portsmouth's Billy Staker to take the checkers.  For Wagner, who finished second in last season's Late Model point standings, it was his first PRP feature win. Cameron Logan, Joe Whitt, Matt Melvin, Randy Ross, Evyian Terry, Austin Mullett, Ronnie Whitt, and Dillon Huron made up the rest of the top 10 in the Giovanni's Wholesale Limited Late Model A-Main. Huron was The Bradley's Racing Apparel Hard Charger. Wagner, Staker, and Logan won the Ideal Wheels Limited Late Model Heats.

In the H & H Continuous Bomber Feature, Shane Pendleton outgunned his son Zach to take the win.  The rest of the top 10 was made up of Brian Sammons, Rick Butler, Bo McCarty, Mike Drake, Frankie King, Wayne Hughes, Adam Wills, and Mathew McClain. McCarty was the H & H Continuous Guttering Hard Charger.  Sammons won the Weeks Wrecker Service Bomber Heat.

PRP will be back in action this coming Saturday for Vallery Chevrolet Fan Appreciation Night.  Adult general admission ticket prices will be just five dollars a piece.  Late Models, Modifieds, Limited Lates, Bombers, and Sport Mods will be on the card.


West Portsmouth, Ohio (April 25, 2016) This year's modified feature at the Fred Dillow Memorial Race will be named in honor of the late Dale "Buddha" Lyons. Buddha drove the number 80L modified at local dirt tracks throughout the tri-state area. He was a friend to many and was known for his generous heart and for always having a big smile on his face. When he was at the race track he was "happy, happy, happy".

The Dale "Buddha" Lyons 20 lap Modified Feature will pay $1,300 to win (if over 30 modifieds) or $1,100 to win (if under 30 modifieds), based on Portsmouth Raceway Park's regular weekly payout and additional sponsor money that was given to honor the memory of Dale "Buddha" Lyons. Last year there were 54 modifieds on hand for the Fred Dillow Memorial Race. As always, bonus money will also randomly be added throughout the field on top of PRP's regular purse.

Be sure to mark your calendar to attend the 22nd Annual Fred Dillow Memorial Race, Saturday, August 20th, at Portsmouth Raceway Park! For more information go to www.freddillowmemorial.com


West Portsmouth, Ohio (March 12, 2016) The 22nd Annual Fred Dillow Memorial, which is held at Portsmouth Raceway Park in West Portsmouth, Ohio, will have an added bonus to the super late model winner this year. Not only will the feature winner of this popular event take home $5,000 on August 20th, but for the first time in the history of the Fred Dillow Memorial, the winner will receive a provisional starting spot in the 48th Annual Hillbilly 100. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned crown jewel event will be held at I-77 Speedway Park in Ripley, WV, on September 4th, paying $25,000 to win and $1,000 to start.

"We are very honored and excited to have the Hillbilly 100 provisional as a part of the Fred Dillow Memorial this year. The Hillbilly 100 is the oldest running super late model event and is full of history and tradition and to have it associated with Dad's race is very special to us. We would like to thank DTWC and Hillbilly 100 promoter, Carl Short, for making this possible, as well as the Coleman family and Donna Rayburn from Portsmouth Raceway Park. There are no better or classier people to work with in racing than that group of individuals, in my opinion," said Susan Dillow, speaking on behalf of the Dillow family.

Several bonuses will also be up for grabs the night of the Dillow Memorial. Just to name a few of the bonuses for super late models, Bozo's Just Give Me One Lap will pay $1,077 for super late model fast time; the Sgt. Tim Moore Super Late Model Dash will pay $233 to win; and the Shain Graphics & Decals Super Late Model Hard Charger Award will pay $250. There are also hard charger and cash bonuses in each support class as well. Detailed bonuses in each division will be announced at a later date.

Additional information on the 22nd Annual Fred Dillow Memorial will be announced in upcoming weeks as it becomes available. Follow their Facebook page Fred Dillow Memorial Race or go to www.freddillowmemorial.com to keep up with the latest information.


Ironton, Ohio (August 7, 2015) Saturday, will be a very special night for the family of the late Fred Dillow of Coal Grove, Ohio. That's the night of the 21st Annual Fred Dillow Memorial Race, which will be held at Portsmouth Raceway Park in West Portsmouth, Ohio.

Fred, who was a local dirt track racer, began his racing career in 1968 and was raised in Flatwoods, KY. He was one of 16 children. He built his first car, a 1955 black primer Pontiac with the gold number 83 on each side, and began his 21 year racing career at Champion Speedway, located in Kitts Hill, Ohio. Even though he held a full-time job, Fred and his wife, Edna, and their kids would travel to race tracks in the tri-state area on the weekends and Fred would race with the locals. It was a hobby Fred and his family loved and even though he passed away in 1990 from leukemia, his passion for dirt track racing continues through his family, friends, drivers and fans.

The race at Portsmouth Raceway Park is held in his memory each year and has grown to be one of the favorite racing events among drivers and fans and this year's race is no exception. With the race right around the corner, the Dillow family and racing community is excited about this year's event.

The Lewis Family Racing/Johnny Raughtens Late Model feature will pay $5,000 to win; the Tri-State Industrial Supply UMP Modified feature pays $1,000 to win; the Giovanni's Wholesale Pizza limited late model feature pays $830 to win; and the H&H Continuous Guttering/B&L Exhaust bomber feature pays $600 to win.

On top of PRP's regular weekly purse, there are numerous special awards and bonuses in all four divisions. This is all made possible through the support of over 80 sponsors.

Some of the special awards for this year's race are:
Bozo's Just Give Me One Lap $1,077 for late model fast time
Sgt. Tim Moore Late Model Dash sponsored by Graphic Impressions $233 to win
Impact RaceGear Late Model Heats $83 to win
Shain Decals & Motorsports Graphics & Designs Late Model Hard Charger pays $250
Ryan Pfunk Potter Late Model Halfway Leader Award $400
Modified Fast Time In Memory of Thomas Childress, Jr, $900
Modified Heats - In Memory of Pappy Harshbarger $83 to win
Ryan Pfunk Potter Modified Halfway Leader $200
Walker Construction Modified Hard Charger Award in Memory of Linda Walker $100
Best Appearing Modified receives $83 In Memory of Pappy Harshbarger
Limited Late Model Hard Charger H&H Continuous Guttering Limited Late Model Hard Charger Award pays $100
Weeks Wrecker Service Bomber Heats $25 to win
Diamond Detail Bomber Hard Charger Award pays $100

Fred is survived by his wife, Edna; daughters Sherri (Mike) Willis, Susan Dillow; son Steve (Michelle) Dillow; grandchildren Shayne (Anastasia) Willis, Brayden Dillow and Addison Dillow; and great-grandson, Braxton Willis.

For a great night of family fun and exciting dirt track racing, make plans to attend the 21st Annual Fred Dilllow Memorial Race Saturday, August 15th, at Portsmouth Raceway Park! There will also be giveaways fans throughout the night!

Admission prices are:
Ages 6 and under free
Ages 7-12 $5
Ages 13 and up $12
Pit Passes: $25 (all ages)

Gates open at 4:00 p.m., drivers meeting is at6:00 p.m., hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Portsmouth Raceway Park is located one mile west of Portsmouth, Ohio, off State Route 53 and State Routes 73/104.

For more information and a complete listing of special awards and sponsors, go to www.freddillowmemorial.com

21st Annual Fred Dillow Memorial Set for August 15th at Portsmouth Raceway Park

Ironton, Ohio (April 7th, 2015) The Dillow Family has been busy preparing for the 21st edition of the Fred Dillow Memorial, which is set for Saturday, August 15th at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio.

The Fred Dillow Memorial is contested annually in memory of the late Fred Dillow, who spent much of his life competing in dirt track events across Southeast Ohio. Fred lost his battle with Leukemia on December 1st, 1990.

In 1995, Barry Bragdon won the inaugural Fred Dillow Memorial at Southern Ohio Speedway in Wheelersburg, Ohio. For the next four years, Southern Ohio Speedway hosted the annual event before the track ceased operations in 1999.

With Southern Ohio Speedway now dormant, the Fred Dillow Memorial shifted to its present venue at Portsmouth Raceway Park. To date, the historic event has ssen ten different winners. Eddie Carrier Jr. and R.J. Conley top the all-time win list with five victories each. They are joined by Jackie Boggs and the late Jack Boggs as the only four drivers to win more than once.

The 2015 edition of the Fred Dillow Memorial will once again feature a competitive purse structure, along with numerous contingency awards and bonus monies.

The Super Late Model feature will pay $5,000 to the winner. “Bozo’s Just Give Me One Lap” returns as the Super Late Model Fast Time Award, paying $1,077 to the top qualifier. $233 will be awarded to the Sgt. Tim Moore Dash for Cash winner, sponsored by Graphic Impressions. Each heat race winner receives an $83 bonus from IMPACT RaceGear. Perry Racing #20 has posted a $50 bonus to the leader of Lap #1 in the Super Late Model feature. The amount of the Ryan “PFunk” Potter Halfway Leader Award has yet to be determined. Shain Custom Decals partners with the Fred Dillow Memorial of the first time in 2015, awarding $250 to the Super Late Model Hard Charger.

Tri-State Industrial Supply, Inc. returns as the presenting sponsor of the Open Wheel Modified main event, which pays $1,000 to win. The Open Wheel Modified Fast Time Award currently is set to pay $250 (subject to increase), in Memory of Thomas Childress Jr. The amount of the Ryan “PFunk” Potter Halfway Leader Award for Open Wheel Modifieds has also yet to be determined. Walker Construction will award $100 to the Hard Charger of the race in Memory of Linda Walker. A $50 Tough Break Award has been named in Memory of Dangerous Dan Aldridge.

The Limited Late Model and Bomber Purse Information is still pending and will be released in the near future.

The Long Haul Award is given to the driver with the farthest travel distance to attend the event. The recipient receives a $50 Gas Card sponsored by Pro Star Designs, in addition to a DeWALT Power Tool courtesy of Tri-State Industrial Supply, Inc.

Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio is 1 mile West of Portsmouth off Route 52 & 73/104. The 3/8 mile clay high banked track has seating for over 4,000 spectators in the general admission area with an additional 300 in the pit area. For more information, visit www.PortsRaceway.com

For the latest news concerning the Fred Dillow Memorial, keep your browsers locked on to www.FredDillowMemorial.com

2015 Fred Dillow Memorial Sponsors: P-Funk Posse, IMPACT RaceGear, In Memory of Ryan “PFunk” Potter, Bradley Racing Apparel, Tri-State Industrial Supply, Inc., Graphic Impressions, MSR Mafia Marketing Services, Giovanni’s Pizza Power, Late Model Illustrated, DirtonDirt.com, Poskes Performance Parts, Graphic Creations, Mark’s Photo, Johnny Raughtens Sports Lounge, Pro Star Designs, In Memory of Thomas Childress Jr., 2Grafic Distributions, Shain Custom Decals, A Black Tie, “Bozo’s Just Give Me One Lap,” The Aldridge Family, Off The Wall Kustom T’s, Walker Construction, Perry Racing #20, Hop’s Carry Out, Brenda’s Photography, B&L Exhaust, 99 Motorsports, In Memory of Brian Sherman, Whitley-Gahm & Rayburn, and Tyler Carr Racing Photos.

R.J. Conley Goes Back-to-Back with 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial Victory!

PORTSMOUTH, OH (August 28, 2014) The Fred Dillow Memorial has become a premier event at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. The 20th edition of this historic event, held Saturday, August 16th, was no exception.

A stout field of 132 entries field the pit area, which included 40 Super Late Models, 52 UMP Open Wheel Modifieds, 21 Limited Late Models, and 19 Bombers. All ready to do battle in front of a huge crowd at the 3/8 mile oval.

An action pack night of racing began with Jackie Boggs of Grayson, Kentucky earning the Bozo’s “Just Give Me One Lap” Fast Time Award in the Super Late Model Division. He received $1,077 for his efforts. Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Indiana blazed to the Whitley Gahm & Rayburn, CPA’s Open Wheel Modified Fast Time, worth $100.

Steve Casebolt to the checkered flag first in the $233-to-win, Sgt. Tim Moore Super Late Model Dash, sponsored by Graphic Impressions. He was follow across the finish line by Ben Adkins, R.J. Conley, Jackie Boggs and Brandon Kinzer. Devin Moran failed to make the call after suffering from terminal issues.

Delmas Conley, Duane Chamberlain and Tim Dohm won their respective Impact RaceGear Super Late Model Heat Races. Modified Heat Race victories went to Devin Gilpin, Dan Ebert, Ervin Vance, Jackie Boggs and Greggie Oliver. Mike Meyers and Jamey Adams won Limited Late Model Heat Races, while Brett Carey and Jeremie Bretz won their preliminary events in the Bomber division.

Nick Bocook and Mark Frazier filled the final two transfer spots via Racers in Christ/Carter Resources Super Late Model B-Mains. However, Frazier was forced to scratch from the remainder of the evening, moving Jeremy Berwanger into the main event. Open Wheel Modified B-Main transfers were Shawn Holliday, Adam Jordan, and Jeremy Rayburn.

Steve Casebolt and Ben Adkins led the 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial Super Late Model feature to green, with Casebolt jumping out to lead lap one, earning him a $50 bonus from Perry Racing.

R.J Conley and Casebolt went door-to-door over the next ten laps until Conley assumed the point on lap eleven.

As the field saw the halfway signal, it was Conley out front followed by Casebolt, Jackie Boggs, Ben Adkins and Delmas Conley. Thus earning R.J. Conley the Ryan “Pfunk” Potter Halfway Leader Award.

From that point Conley never looked back, sailing to his second consecutive and fifth overall Fred Dillow Memorial victory. Boggs finished second followed by Casebolt, Adkins, and Delmas Conley.

Nick Bocook advanced eight positions to earn the Roger Salyers Hard Charger Award paying $200.

Dan Ebert edged Devin Gilpin by just .013 seconds to win the Open Wheel Modified feature. Gilpin took home the Ryan “Pfunk” Potter Halfway Leader Award, worth $300. The Walker Construction Hard Charger Award, In Memory of Linda Walker, went to Jeremy Rayburn. 

Matt Melvin won in the Limited Late Model feature event, and Joe Whitt won the recipient of the H&H Continuous Guttering Hard Charger Award.

Jeremie Bretz bagged his first feature event win of the season at Portsmouth Raceway Park in the Bomber division, Mike Drake won the Stephens Towing & Repo Hard Charger Award. 

Other award winners included Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Indiana who won the Long Haul Award sponsored by ProStar Designs and Tri-State Industrial Supply.

The Dangerous Dan Aldridge Tough Break Award winners were Devin Moran (Super Late Model), Ervin Vance (UMP Open Wheel Modified), Tommy Twinam (Limited Late Model) and Brian Sammons (Bomber).

Kenny McCann won a Nose/Combo Kit courtesy of AR Bodies in the Limited Late Model division

In total, 66 sponsors added cash bonuses randomly on top of Portsmouth Raceway Park’s regular event purse. Along with Valvoline products and other contingencies.

The Dillow family would like to thank all the sponsors, drivers, fans and the staff of Portsmouth Raceway Park for making the 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial a huge success. We are already looking forward to the 21st Annual Fred Dillow Memorial, set for August 15, 2015!

Racers In Christ and Carter Resources add to Fred Dillow Memorial Late Model Purse

IRONTON, OH (August 8, 2014) Racers In Christ, based out of Ashland, KY, and Carter Resources of Ceredo, WV, have added to the purse for the 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial Race coming up August 16th at Portsmouth Raceway Park.

The late model main event will now pay $350 to start and $500 has been added to the late model B-Main to non-transfer positions.

The Fred Dillow Memorial Race is based on adding bonus money throughout the field and by Racers In Christ and Carter Resources adding start money to the A-Main and increasing the payoff for non-transfer positions of the late model B-Main, it gives more drivers the opportunity to win more cash. The family of Fred Dillow is excited about having this added to the late model purse and would like to thank Racers In Christ and Carter Resources for making this possible!

This year's Fred Dillow Memorial Race has 66 sponsors and late models will pay $5,000 to win, Modifieds will pay $1,000 to win, Limited Late Models will pay $830 to win and Bombers will pay $600 to win. There is also cash bonuses in all four divisions throughout the field.

Other bonuses include Bozo's Just Give Me One Lap pays $1,077 for late model fast time; Sgt. Tim Moore Late Model Dash pays $233 sponsored by Graphic Impressions; Impact RaceGear Late Model Heats pay $83 to win. Ryan Pfunk Potter Late Model Halfway Leader Award pays $700 but will increase by the night of the race and the Late Model Hard Charger, In Memory of Roger Salyers pays $200, plus much more!

See you at the 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial, August 16th at Portsmouth Raceway Park!

Rock Camp Motocross and Holliday's Quik Stop To Sponsor The Late Model Feature At Dillow Memorial

IRONTON, OH (July 21, 2014) The Holliday family has been involved in dirt track racing for many years and they are very familiar with the annual Fred Dillow Memorial Race.

Shawn Holliday has won the Fred Dillow Memorial Race on two occasions, in two different divisions. In 1998 he won it in a late model and in 2000 he took the checkered in an open wheel modified. The Hollidays have also been longtime sponsors of the event.

For the 20th Annual FDM coming up at Portsmouth Raceway Park on August 16th,  Shawn and DeAnna Holliday have decided to step their sponsorship up a notch this year and become the headline sponsor of the late model feature with their two businesses Rock Camp Motocross located off County Road 6 in Kitts Hill, Ohio and Holliday's Quik Stop, located on State Route 243 just outside of Coal Grove.

Being that we are all from the Coal Grove area, we have known the Holliday family all of our lives. Having them as a part of Fred's race every year is very much appreciated, said Edna Dillow.  We have watched Shawn grow up and become a very competitive driver and successful businessman, she continued, and them sponsoring the late model feature this year means a lot to our family. 

Be sure to visit the Rock Camp Motocross Facebook page or contact them via email at rockcampmotocross@yahoo.com or 740-533- DIRT!

For more information on the Fred Dillow Memorial Race go to www.FredDillowMemorial.com.

Impact Racegear Late Model Heats paying $83 to win at Dillow Memorial

IRONTON, OH (July 10, 2014) Impact RaceGear will once again sponsor the late model heats, which will pay $83 to win, at the 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial Race, August 16th, at Portsmouth Raceway Park.

We were very happy to have Impact RaceGear on board as a sponsor of last year's late model heat races and are even more excited to have them back for the 20th Annual event, said Steve Dillow, son of the late Fred Dillow.  We have known the Christy family for many years and think a lot of them and having Impact RaceGear as a part of Dad's race means a lot to us, Steve said.

Impact produces high quality race shirts, headgear and other items so be sure to check their website out at www.ImpactRaceGear.com.

Ryan Pfunk Potter Halfway Leader Award and The Pfunk Posse.  In Memory of a Special Friend!

IRONTON, OH (July 6, 2014) There are people in this world who make a lasting impression. Whether you met Ryan Potter one time or many times, the impact was always the same. He was your friend for life. He was the textbook definition of friend, and then some.

Ryan was a spunky, fun loving, big hearted guy who loved his family, his friends and dirt track racing. He had a DJ business as a hobby and sponsored the $100 halfway leader award at the Fred Dillow Memorial Race. Tragically, Ryan passed away unexpectedly in July 2013.

After Ryan passed away, a group of his family and friends, known as The Pfunk Posse, wanted to continue the tradition of sponsoring the halfway leader award in his name because of his love for dirt late model racing, just like Ryan's brother, Brandon, continues the tradition of his DJ business. Last year, they came together and raised $625 to sponsor the Ryan Pfunk Potter Halfway Leader Award of the late model feature. This year, they have already raised $700 and it will more than likely increase by the night of the race.

The Pfunk Posse is taking it a step further this year, in honor of their friend and his love for dirt late model racing, they are adding an additional $1,000 to the purse for the Dillow Memorial. In turn, they will be watching the FDM from the turn 1 beach house and celebrating the life of Ryan Potter and the wonderful memories they shared with him.

Having Ryan as a part of the Dillow Memorial means more than I can even put into words. He was a dear friend and a part of my family. He was the type of guy who would do anything for you and I have great memories of him, said Susan Dillow, Fred's daughter.

RJ Conley took home the $625 Ryan Pfunk Potter Halfway Leader Award last year. Who will it be on August 16th? Find out at the 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial Race at Portsmouth Raceway Park!

Late Model Illustrated and AR Bodies to Sponsor 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial

IRONTON, OH (June 10, 2014) The family of Fred Dillow are excited to welcome Late Model Illustrated and AR Bodies as supporters of the 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial, which will take place on Saturday, August 16th at Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio).

Late Model Illustrated will be one of several sponsors of the Super Late Model main event, which pays $5,000-to-win. In addition, all drivers in all classes that compete in the 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial will receive a 4-month subscription to Late Model Illustrated.  

“Brian and Carolyn McCleod, Publishers of Late Model Illustrated, are a joy to work with and do an outstanding job with their magazine. The fact that they are giving each driver a 4-month subscription is very cool," says Brayden Dillow, grandson of the late Fred Dillow.

AR Bodies will sponsor a nose/combo kit to one lucky Super Late Model or Limited Late Model driver. That driver will be drawn at random during the night.    "This is a great product for any driver to receive and we are looking forward to giving it away the night of the race," said Fred's daughter, Sherri Dillow Willis.

The Dillow family would like to thank all of the wonderful sponsors of this prestigious event. Visit the Official Website of the Fred Dillow Memorial at www.FredDillowMemorial.com for additional purse and sponsor information.

Sgt. Tim Moore Late Model "Dash for the Cash" Returns to Fred Dillow Memorial Slate!

IRONTON, OH (February 5, 2014) - Graphic Impressions of Hazard, Kentucky will return to the 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial as the presenting sponsor of the Sgt. Tim Moore Late Model "Dash for the Cash."

Paying $233 to win in memory of the late Sgt. Tim Moore of the Kentucky State Police whose badge number was #233.

"Bozo's Just Give Me One Lap" Fast Time Award paying $1,077 at 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial!

IRONTON, OH (January 22, 2014) - With the 2014 season just around the corner, work has already began on this year's 20th anniversary of the Fred Dillow Memorial. "Bozo's Just Give Me One Lap," in memory of the late Bozo Bragdon will once again be the presenting sponsor of the super late model fast time award paying an impressive $1,077.

"We are pleased to have the Bragdon family return as a part of this event this year. They are a very close knit family like us (the Dillow's) and Bozo loved racing." said Susan Dillow, daughter of Fred Dillow and promoter of the Fred Dillow Memorial.

The Fred Dillow Memorial will return to Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on August 16, 2014. Additional purse and contingency sponsorship information will be released in the weeks leading up to the event. Stay logged on to www.freddillowmemorial.com for the latest news regarding the event.